It was a very impressive reception that I attended this evening in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Ports together with Guy Zangari Member for Fairfield at the invitation of the Consul-General of Japan and Rear Admiral Hideki Yuasa Commanding Officer of the Japanese Training Squadron on board the JS Kashima berthed at Garden Island.
It was a very impressive evening and marked one of many for the Japanese Training Squadron who have embarked on a 156 day journey around the Pacific Rim.
Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force Ships, JDS Kashima, JDS Setoyukiand JDS Asagiri are at Garden Island, Sydney, for a three-day visit.
The ships are part of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force Training Squadron. Since 1956, the Squadron has been conducting annual overseas training cruises to develop the knowledge and skills of Junior Officers, who have completed the General Officer Midshipman’s Course at the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force candidate school.